Saturday, October 22, 2011

Houdini's Magic Ticket Blog-a-thon

Dan at Top10films have asked film bloggers which films we would like to be transported into if we had the Houdini’s Magic Ticket from Last Action Hero. He asked us some questions and here are my answers:

What character would you most like to be sat next to on a plane?

For some reason, this question reminds me of the scene in French Kiss when Kate (Meg Ryan), a nervous flyer, sings, “I hate Paris in the springtime/I hate Paris in the fall/I hate Paris in the summer when it sizzles/I hate Paris in the winter when it drizzles/I hate Paris, oh why oh why do I hate Paris?/Because my love is there... with his SLUT girlfriend” and Luc (Kevin Kline) tries to distract her. Being a nervous flyer myself, I would want someone to distract me although I would not want that person to start arguing with me on purpose the way that Luc does with Kate. So, I would want someone who was funny like Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger)from Bridget Jones’s Diary.

As Mark Darcy says, she rarely censors what she is thinking, so she would be fun to listen to whatever she wanted to talk about, especially if we chat about Colin Firth’s wet shirt scene in Pride and Prejudice. Plus, I would steal her diary as she was sleeping just to keep myself entertained.

What character would you most want to enjoy a passionate romance with?

Ralph Fiennes’s Maurice Bendrix personifies all-consuming passion and heartbreak in this adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel, The End of the Affair. The way Maurice says “I’m jealous of the rain” and the way he looks at Sarah Miles (Julianne Moore) would make me forget that I’m married or that I made a promise to God that if Maurice lives I would give up the affair.

If you were a cop who would you want as your partner?

I know he would prefer to work alone, but I would love to have Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) as a partner. I would be more of the Pamela Landy character and he could protect me and provide me with backup. He knows how to make weapons out of ordinary objects like a book or a towel and how to adapt to various situations.

What animated feature would you love to walk around in?

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney film. I would raid that library with Belle as well as sing along with her in “Belle”.

Plus, I will get to hang with the enchanted objects in the Enchanted Castle. And perhaps I could be part of the “Be Our Guest” number. Or I could witness Belle and the Beast slowly falling in love.

What adventure based on earth would you most like to go on / OR / What adventure based in an otherworldly, fantasy-based location would you most like to go on? I.e. Would you like to join the Goonies on their treasure-finding mission, or Luke Skywalker in his search for his family’s murderer?

I almost put The Da Vinci Code as an answer because I would go to Paris and London and go on an intellectual journey. But I would not want to spend my time there trying to clear my name for murder. So, I do not have an answer for this one because I would love to travel around Europe. But “the travelling around Europe” films that I can remember revolve around solving a murder, which is something I would not want to do. So if anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.

What movie gadget would you love to try out (or steal)?

I tend to covet characters’ wardrobe rather than gadgets, but I always wanted James Bond’s latest fully-equipped Aston Martin. I would not have to worry about a flat tire or running out of gas or losing the car. It has a killer (pun intended) GPS system and can maneuver tight curves at high speeds easily.

What film's plot would you alter and how would you do it?

Even though I have great amount of respect for those who feel that the religious life is their calling, I really wanted Sister Angela to give up her vow to be a nun and accept Mr. Allison’s proposal. I blame Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr’s amazing chemistry. In my version of Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, Sister Angela realizes after her breakdown that she is in love with Mr. Allison. When they are rescued off the island, Mr. Allison lives and retires from Marine life. They get married singing “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and live happily ever after.

What one film would you most want to be transported into, simply to be a part of that world?

I would like to go into Inception. Even though the dream world looks realistic, I like the fact that it mimics people’s perception of their reality. I would love to change people’s thoughts through the construction of their dreams. I would want to be the Forger because I would get to pretend to be another person. Plus, I love Tom Hardy’s line, “You’ve got to dream bigger, darling.”

So, does anyone have Houdini's Magic Ticket? And if so, how much do you want for it?


  1. Oh man, Sherry! EXCELLENT call on the world of Inception!! I wish I would've thought of that! Man what a great option!

    I also liked your choice of Bourne as your partner while driving your stolen Aston Martin from James Bond! :)

    Fun list! -T

  2. I used to have a magic ticket, but I eBayed it to pay for some BluRays I wanted. Oh well.

    I second the world of Inception choice - that would be awesome, I think.

  3. Great choice for animated feature. Beauty and the Beast is such a wonderful film.

    And a very creative answer for the plot-changing questions. That's the most interesting one I;ve read so far!

  4. Good picks, Sherry! I especially like your answer for question 1 - I think Bridget would be an excellent person to sit next to on a plane. I'm sure you'd hear all about Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver!

    Jason Bourne is a very good choice for your cop partner. Perhaps that could be your adventure, travelling around Europe with Bourne solving cases?

  5. Man oh man, can't believe I haven't seen The End of the Affair! Ok, I better rectify that situation soon. Ralph Fiennes looks so swoon-worthy in that pic! :D

  6. Bridget is indeed a fun character. You won't get bored with her.
    beauty and the beast is quite a famous choice in this blogathon. May I join you in Inception word? :)

  7. That is my favorite scene from French Kiss! I almost want to buy the dvd just so I can see that scene over and over again. Nothing against Paris, just that Meg Ryan's performance was classic!

  8. I just used my ticket today to make a couple of changes and visit some people.

    Great choices, Inception would be great if you were able to create the world around you!

  9. @scarletsp1der, @Rodney, @Novroz, and @myfilmviews: Glad you guys like my choice of Inception and I think we almost have a full team if you guys join me. Remember I called dibs on The Forger!

    @Dan Stephens: I know that not that many people have seen Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison but I just had to pick that film for the plot-change question.

    @clairepacker: I thought about Bourne and Bond for that question as well, but I really don't want to travel through Europe with the threat of death hanging over my head or having to look over my shoulder. I would just want to have fun on my travels, but not stupid, slapstick fun.

    @flixchatter: Ralph Fiennes is defintely swoonworthy in this film even when he tries to be cold to Julianne Moore's character. I find him more swoonworthy in The End of the Affair than I do in The English Patient. You should definitely go see it.

    @justjaytomboy: The quote I just mentioned as well as "Happy. Smile. Sad. Frown. Use the corresponding face with the corresponding emotion" are my favorites from that film.